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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Here’s a description of what Pete Single did to Wiley Clapp Colt Commander #1000

Custom Work performed on Serial # 1000WCA

USA Shooting Auction Gun SHOT Show 2012

USA Shooting Auction Gun SHOT Show 2012

Genuine ‘NOVAK’ LoMount sights with 14 KT Gold Bead

The front sight blade is ramped forward and serrated 50 LPI to reduce glare and “pinned” to prevent movement under recoil. Rear sight notch cut .160 wide for fast front blade pick-up. Top of the slide is serrated 30 LPI around the top radius contour of the slide.

Genuine Burly Maple Grips, design by Wiley Clapp

Stunning custom hand made maple grips: Courtesy of Altamont Company. Grip screws, lathe-spun and polished.

USA Shooting Team

Logo engraving and slide polishing: by BARON Technology’s of Connecticut.

Precision Metal Checkering by Pete Single

Frontstrap checkered 25 lines per inch. Trigger guard radius is relieved for the highest possible hold, allowing the pistol to sit low in the hand for improved point ability and recoil control.

DLC Coating, from ION BOND Inc.

Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) is an extremely thin, ultra-hard coating that is used widely in industry for high wear-resistance on gears, cutting tools, and injection molds. DLC is applied through a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) process and is characterized by the creation of a metal vapor that can be reacted with different gases to form a thin film coating. DLC coating lends itself very well to the firearms industry for many reasons: it is charcoal black, ultra-thin, high wear-resistant (hard as man-made diamond); and it is applied at low temperatures that will not affect the temper of the steel.

COLT National Match Barrel

The barrel is precisely fit to the slide with no excessive movement when locked into battery, final chamber dimensions are finish-cut by hand to the optimum size for reliable function and accuracy, the chamber mouth is carefully throated and polished for reliable feeding, the barrel tube is gently tapered to the muzzle to prevent binding during cycling.

Match Grade Barrel Bushing

The slide bore is honed so it is concentric and free of tool marks. The barrel bushing is precisely fit to the slide for a precision “slip fit” so no bushing wrench is needed for removal. The keyway in the slide is relieved so the key is only snug when in the locked into battery position and permits easy removal. Custom recessed barrel crown, cut flush with the barrel bushing.

Light Weight Beavertail Grip Safety

The grip safety is a metal injection molded model and is hollowed internally for the lightest possible weight. It is contoured for the highest possible grip, and mates with the matching “hi-cut” frontstrap/trigger guard cut allowing the pistol to sit low and level in the hand for less muzzle flip and better recoil control. The internal safety tab is modified so the grip safety can be easy removed and assembled without removal of the mainspring housing. The memory pad is serrated at 22 1/2 LPI.

Custom Mainspring Housing

The mainspring housing is machined from gun-barrel quality stainless steel. It is made oversize to fit the frame recess perfectly. Extra material is left on the mainspring housing so the frame web can be removed and the mag-well can be fully beveled back to the mainspring-housing pin. This gives the largest mag-well opening possible for smooth magazine insertions.

Checkered 25 LPI and serrated at the heel. The heel of the mainspring housing & frame is generously rounded for snag-free concealed carry. Excess material has been milled from non-critical areas to reduce weight.

Tool Steel Light Weight Hammer & Sear Set

The trigger pull weight is set at 4 1/2 pounds with smooth and even trigger travel. The trigger shoe is medium length, solid aluminum and hard coat anodized. Hammer hooks are cut to maximum height to ensure positive secure engagement. Care is taken to ensure the sear engages evenly on each hammer hook. Maximum spring tension is applied to the sear for positive safe function. Hammer and sear pins are ground for cylindrical uniformity.

Original WW1-Style Thumb Safety

Ball detents and spring tension is set for smooth, positive ON/OFF click engagement. The thumb safety is fit and adjusted so there is no over travel of the safety when pressing downwards in the “OFF” position.

Front and Rear Cocking Serrations

Classic Colt Gold Cup-style cocking serrations, the leading edges of the slide flats are neatly beveled where they enter the serration to eliminate excessive holster wear.

Custom-made Tool Steel Feed Ramp Insert

This is the heart of the receiver; made from tool steel and heat-treated to increase wear resistance. A setscrew under the slide stop and high strength ‘Loctite’ retains the insert. The ramp is correctly angled and set deep into the receiver for reliable feeding of hollow-point ammunition.


Very nice video from SHOT about Pete’s work on Wiley’s Colt

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Unidentified guy talking about Pete Single

Thank you for this nice job on You Tube

Wiley Clapp Colt Commander by Pete Single sells for $7000

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The USA Shooting Team was happy to see that the Wiley Clapp Commander sold for $7000 on the SHOT show gunbroker.com charity auction. Thank you to Pete Single for his craft and attention to detail. Thanks to the buyer who got a great gun and supported a great cause at the same time. Thanks for the other bidders who helped us reach this number.  The gun & auction received a lot of attention from the 1911 forum where folks where unanimously supportive. Thank you to Bob Delfay and the folks at Gunbroker.com.  They sure have demonstrated that you can sell very nice guns on-line. Also, Colt was really supportive of the gun & the auction and TALO. Thank you, Joyce, Rich, Michael, Martin, General Keys.  Wiley worked hard at the Colt booth all show. He really introduced us all to this great cast of characters, Wayne Novak, Pete.  Wiley is a beauty, a truly fine guy. His Commander has proven to be very popular with real shooters, folks who know and appreciate good guns.  An great example is that I ran into Ken Hackathorn ( http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=40255)  Ken is one of the most knowledgable and respected shooters and instructors in the business. He told me he bought the first Wiley Clapp Commander he could find. And that he loves the gun.  That’s the best testimony I can come up with. Ken, who has owned & shot every 1911 known to man, spent his own money on the Colt WC Commander and is really happy he did.  I appreciate that he told us.

A very special Colt to benefit USA Shooting

Friday, January 14th, 2011

It’s a long story.… You know that Wiley’s Colt Commander has been well received by the shooting community. Well, Wiley’s pal, Pete Single who does the front-strap checkering on the gun, volunteered to spruce up serial number 500 to benefit the USA Shooting Team in a gunbroker.com auction.  Pete is quick to say that the gun doesn’t need any refinement. Also, Pete is adamantly a metal-smith not a gunsmith. Call it what you will, there are a very few top shooters or well heeled collectors that will tell you he can work some magic in his metal-smithing. So a few months ago, Colt sent him serial # 500 of the Wiley Clapp Commander.  man oh man, you need to see it now!

Serial # 500 Wiley Clapp Commander refined by Pete Single

Serial # 500 Wiley Clapp Commander refined by Pete Single

Here is Pete’s description of his work:

Every part of this pistol enjoys some sort of custom touch. Every part is detailed and assembled to insure proper fit and function. All retaining pins and dovetail sight cuts are a gauge press fit. All critical parts are machined from bar-stock tool steel, heat-treated, and checked for proper Rockwell hardness.

The entire pistol is softened and smoothed for comfort of concealed carry. All edges, corners, and holes are chamfered or beveled. The pistol is then coated in ION BOND’s Tungsten DLC, (a PVD coating that is hard as diamond).

Several custom parts were made to enhance trouble-free service life, durability, reliability, and accuracy of the pistol.

Pete Single Metalsmithing LOGO engraved on the dust cover of the receiver.

Custom Work performed on Serial # 0500-WCA:

Genuine NOVAK LoMount carry sights, with 14 KT Gold Bead

The front sight blade is ramped forward and serrated 50 LPI to reduce glare and “pinned” to prevent movement under recoil, sighted-in point-of-aim at 15 yards, the rear sight notch is cut to a generous width for easy sight alignment. Top of the slide is serrated 30 LPI around the top radius contour of the slide.

Genuine IVORY Grips designed by Wiley Clapp, made by Tony Rist

Secured by large-head grip screws, lathe-spun and polished.

Precision Metal Checkering by Pete Single

Frontstrap checkered 25 lines per inch, by the man who originated the 25 LPI checkering pattern. Trigger guard relieved for the highest possible hold. The pistol sits low in the hand for improved point ability and recoil control.

COLT National Match Barrel

This barrel is precisely fit to the slide with no excessive movement when locked into battery. The final chamber dimensions are finish-cut by hand to the optimum size for reliable function and accuracy. The chamber mouth is carefully throated and polished for reliable feeding. The barrel tube is gently tapered to the muzzle to prevent binding during cycling. The muzzle crown is recessed into the barrel bushing flange.

Match Grade Barrel Bushing

The slide bore is first reamed with an expansion reamer and honed so it is perfectly concentric; the barrel bushing is precisely fit to the slide to a precision “slip fit” so no bushing wrench is needed for removal, but still allows no movement when in battery. The keyway in the slide is relieved so the key is only snug when in the locked position, and permits easy removal.

Original WW1-Style Thumb Safety

Ball detents and spring tension set for positive ON/OFF click engagement.

Front and Rear Cocking Serrations

These are the Classic Colt Gold Cup-style cocking serrations, the leading edge of the slide flats are neatly chamfered where they enter the serration to eliminate excessive holster wear.

DLC Coating, from ION BOND Inc.

Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon), is an extremely thin, ultra-hard coating that is used widely in industry for high wear-resistance on gears, cutting tools, and injection molds. DLC is applied through a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) process and is characterized by the creation of a metal vapor that can be reacted with different gases to form a thin film coating. DLC coating lends itself very well to the firearms industry for many reasons: it is charcoal black, ultra-thin, high wear-resistant (hard as man-made diamond); and it is applied at low temperatures that will not affect the temper of the steel.

Custom-made Tool Steel Feed Ramp Insert

This is the heart of the receiver; every bullet nose that cycles hits this ramp, made from tool steel and heat-treated to maximum hardness. The ramp is correctly angled and set deep into the receiver for reliable feeding of hollow-point ammunition.

Custom-made Extended Ejector

This was made individually for this particular slide and frame combination to fill the recess in the slide perfectly. It is positioned as close as possible to the center of the slide to provide a solid strike on the case rim. The mounting studs are machined with a large radius where the stud connects to the ejector body for increased shear strength. The added length starts the ejection of the case sooner, and the ejection port is enlarged to allow for snag-free loaded-round ejection. The ejector pin is enlarged from .062 to .080 inch for increased holding strength in the alloy receiver.

Slide stop

The pin is shortened slightly and the frame hole beveled for easy removal. The lobe that contacts the magazine follower is grooved for the plunger ball so it is easily guided into the frame upon assembly. The rear face of the slide stop is angled so that the plunger ball keeps the slide stop down during the firing cycle. Because of the faster cycle of the lightweight slide, the slide stop notch in the slide is lengthened to give the slide stop more time to positively engage when the last round is fired.

Plunger Tube

This is recessed into the side of the frame by milling a shallow pocket for it to sit in, then it is riveted in place for a permanent installation.

Magazine Catch

This is slightly extended, angled, and serrated, so that when your thumb presses the button it wants to positively stick to the face.

Firing Pin Stop

This is machined from an oversized blank to match the slots in the slide and extractor perfectly. It eliminates “clocking” of the extractor on the case rim and provides maximum extraction power. A smaller radius than the factory standard is machined on the heel of the firing pin stop. This increases the cocking pressure of the hammer on the slide. This increased pressure will keep the slide locked into battery slightly longer, decreasing the slide velocity and allowing the pistol to cycle more smoothly.

Custom Mainspring Housing

This is machined from gun-barrel stainless steel to a gauge seamless fit in the frame recess. The web between the mainspring-housing channel and the mag-chute is machined away. Extra metal is left on the mainspring housing to fill this gap, then, the mag-well is beveled 360 degrees around to the mainspring-housing pin. This gives the largest mag-well opening possible and a solid steel ramp at the rear for smooth magazine insertions. Checkered 25 LPI and serrated at the bottom, the heel is generously rounded and the frame is blended to match for snag-free concealed carry. Excess material has been milled from non-critical areas to reduce weight.

Hammer and Sear Lightweight Set

The trigger pull weight is set at 4 1/2 pounds, with smooth and even trigger travel. Hammer hooks are cut to maximum height, and maximum spring tension is applied to the sear for positive safe function. Hammer and sear pins are ground for cylindrical uniformity.

COLT Beavertail Grip Safety

This is contoured for the highest possible grip, and mates with the matching “hi-cut” frontstrap/trigger guard cut allowing the pistol to sit low and level in the hand for less muzzle flip and better recoil control. The memory pad is serrated at 25 LPI.

Springs

All springs are factory COLT, with an extra-power firing pin spring. The recoil spring guide has been modified for use with a Shok-Buff. A Shok-Buff is recommended during practice to soften the slide impact on the frame. This increases the service life of the other parts in the gun. An extra tuned extractor is provided with the pistol and two, DLC-coated Colt factory magazines.

yeow!

The gun will be displayed at the Colt booth during the SHOT Show. An auction to benefit USA Shooting will take place next week on gunbroker.com
We are very pleased to have a small part in this.  Thank you to Pete Single, Colt Firearms,& Wiley Clapp